Phone: 616-331-2274
Fax: 616-331-3740
Dr. Richard Vallery (Chair)

117 Padnos Hall of Science, 1 Campus Drive
Allendale, MI 49401

Ms. Lindsay Oaster

Affiliate Professor of Physics
125 Padnos Hall of Science
Department of Physics
Tel: 616-331-3289
Fax: 616-331-3740

  • M.Sc. Astrophysics, McMaster University (2008).
  • B.S. Physics, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI (2006).
  • B.S. Astrophysics, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI (2005).

Professional Experience
  • Visiting Lecturer of Physics, Grand Valley State University, Aug. 2009  - May 2010.
  • Affiliate Professor of Physics, Grand Valley State University, Aug. 2010  - present.

  • PHY 200, Physics for Life Sciences, Fall 2009, 2010.
  • PHY 220,  General Physics I,  Winter 2010, 2011.

Research Interests

If you’re wondering about physics or have heard it’s “too hard,” then I’d love to have you in my class.  My interests are not only in teaching students how the physical world works, but also showing what happens when the abstract meets reality through inquiry-style labs.  I’ve studied and taught in a variety of environments with a diverse range of students, and my research background is in astrophysics (R.R. Lyrae stars and supernovae).

Selected Publications
  1. A. Rest, D. L. Welch, N. B. Suntzeff, L. Oaster, and 15 co-authors. "Scattered-Light Echoes from the Historical Galactic Supernovae Cassiopeia A and Tycho (SN 1572)" ApJL 681 L81, 2008 Link:
  2. Oaster, L., Smith, H., and Kinemuchi, K. “A Double Mode RR Lyrae Star with a Strong Fundamental Mode Component.” PASP 118:405-409, March 2006 Link:

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